Travel Consultation

Travel Consultations

The University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic offers travel consultations for students, faculty and staff. It is essential that you schedule your travel consultation appointment at least 8 - 12 weeks prior to departure. During your consultation, recommended and/or required vaccines will be discussed, as well as other medications possibly needed for travel. Several vaccines are given as a series and can take several weeks and/or months to complete. Planning early will allow you to avoid possible appointment waiting lists and potential vaccine/medication shortages. Please review the UNI Student Health Clinic International Travel Checklist.

The University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic will try to accommodate all students, faculty, and staff, but at peak times it may take up to 6 weeks to get an appointment. You should allow 60 minutes for your appointment. Individual appointments are available Monday - Friday with hours varying depending on the time of year. To schedule an appointment call 319-273-2009 choose option #1.

Mandatory information required prior to your appointment:

  1. Prior to making your appointment you must have a complete travel itinerary. Bring a copy of this itinerary to your travel consultation. This needs to include all countries in the order of visit and any flight layovers regardless of length of stop. If you arrive for your appointment without the itinerary your travel consultation will be rescheduled.
  2. Bring your health insurance card with you to your appointment. See below for possible fees.

Travel Consultation Fees

You will be billed for vaccines and/or travel medications. (For students, your “Student Health Fee” does not cover these expenses.) It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company prior to your travel consultation to determine coverage for these services. Keep in mind that different insurance plans cover different services and you will be responsible for any unpaid charges. The Student Health Clinic will file a claim for students, faculty, and staff to their health insurance company. For any unpaid charges, UNI students may charge this to their U-bill account. Faculty and staff may have their travel consultation and immunizations payroll deducted.

Travel Immunizations and Medications offered at the SHC:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Twinrix (commination Hepatitis A & B)
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningitis
  • Yellow Fever
  • TB testing
  • Malaria medication prescription

Travelers on Medication

Customs officials may scrutinize prescription and non-prescription medication, so carry it in its original container or prescription bottle. Additionally, medications that are legal and available in the U.S. may be illegal, or require a prescription or government permission to enter the host country.

You are responsible for finding out if your medication is available and legal at your destination. We suggest you review this information at the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov/travel Travelers should choose the countries they will be traveling through and to and read the information labeled: “Medical Facilities and Health Information and Entry/Exit Requirements for United States Citizens”.

If your prescription medication(s) (e.g., asthma inhalers, oral contraceptives) is legal, take a supply to last your entire stay. Depending on your prescribed medication(s) and the countries you will be visiting, you may need a physician’s written explanation of the medical necessity and treatment.

After your trip

Travel related illness can occur weeks to months after you return.

If after you return from your trip and you experience any health problems, contact a medical provider. Students may make an appointment at the University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic. Faculty and staff should contact their own medical provider.

You should make a post travel appointment to see your health care provider if you were told to have a tuberculosis skin test three months after you return.

Additional Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers' Health information about infectious diseases

U.S. State Department travel advisories and other information, by country

Travel Health Online credible source of travel health and safety information

Watch these two 4-minute videos before your travel consultation: